Monday, 7 January 2019

ECONOMICS

The Reserve Bank released the January 2019 issue of its Chart Pack, including data on house prices, household finances and building approvals. [Full Text]

Assistant Minister Zed Seselja called for submissions regarding priorities for the 2019-20 Federal Budget. [Full Text]

HOUSING AND PROPERTY / ECONOMICS / FINANCE

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said first home buyer loan approvals have increased strongly over the last two years with 115,000 approved in the last financial year - the largest number since 2009-10. [Full Text]

Parliament released information on negative gearing of residential property by electorate. [Full Text]

Dwelling values fell 4.8 per cent through 2018, marking the weakest housing market conditions since 2008, according to CoreLogic. [Full Text]

CoreLogic revealed the 50 areas that have recorded the largest falls and gains in dwelling values over the 12 months to November. [Full Text]

The Housing Industry Association said removal of the restriction on interest-only lending is essential to addressing the decline in credit growth for new housing. [Full Text]

The Property Investment Professionals and the Real Estate Institute called for more social and affordable housing and a minister for property services. [Full Text]

INDUSTRY / RURAL AND REGIONAL / INDIGENOUS

Hannah Robertson from Monash University discussed overcoming the challenges of building in remote Indigenous settlements. [Full Text]

ENERGY / SUSTAINABILITY / INFRASTRUCTURE

The Sustainable Built Environment Council said COAG's failure to reach an agreement is a missed opportunity in building energy standards. [Full Text]

The Green Building Council said governments were failing to act in an area of broad community and industry consensus. [Full Text]

The Property Council urged all levels of governments to make an agreement on improved energy performance for buildings a priority. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese discussed the need to achieve consensus in the areas of energy, planning and infrastructure. [Full Text]

POPULATION

The Housing Industry Association said Governments don't need to cut migration, the economy is doing that task for them. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / DESIGN / ICT

Troy Innocent from Swinburne University of Technology discussed the idea of playable trams and cities following the introduction of Melbourne's first playable art tram. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / PLANNING

Minister Anthony Roberts announced the rezoning of Telopea, which has been identified as a Priority Precinct in the Draft West Central District Plan prepared by the Greater Sydney Commission. [Full Text]

The Planning Institute said the NSW Government's recommendations from its review of governance in the NSW planning system will help reduce corruption and contribute to fairer, more efficient planning outcomes. [Full Text]

Premier Gladys Berejiklian listed the ten major agreements signed to build the Western Sydney Aerotropolis. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INDUSTRY / REGULATION

Minister Roberts issued an update on engineering investigations underway in response to reported cracking of the Opal residential tower at Sydney Olympic Park. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Michael Daley said the NSW Government should immediately appoint a major incident coordinator. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Tania Mihailuk called for the investigation into the Opal Tower to include the planning approvals process rather than be confined to structural defects. [Full Text]

Alex Greenwich MP called for a Special Commission of Inquiry into apartment building defects. [Full Text]

Ministers Roberts and Kean revealed a four-point strategy to improve the certification industry. [Full Text]

The Institute of Building Surveyors said NSW Government is exploiting the plight of Opal Tower residents for political purposes. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Daley announced Labor's plan to improve building standards in NSW. [Full Text]

Minister Kean said Labor's building reform package is already in disarray. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / HOUSING AND PROPERTY / FINANCE

Property NSW said over the past five years, strategic leasing initiatives have saved taxpayers an estimated $80 million. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / TRANSPORT / PLANNING / DESIGN

Premier Berejiklian and Minister Constance confirmed that planning approval has been granted for the Sydenham to Bankstown rail line to convert it for Sydney Metro services. [Full Text]

Minister Constance said a $476 million contract has been awarded to deliver a new Sydney Metro railway station and building above it in North Sydney. [Full Text]

The NSW Government approved concept plans for an office building of between 13 and 40 storeys above the new Sydney Metro Victoria Cross station. [Full Text]

The Sydney Business Chamber said the new North Sydney Metro Station is an excellent example of strategic land use planning integrating commercial, retail and public transport. [Full Text]

Minister Constance announced the final budget and the start of major construction on Stage 1 of Parramatta Light Rail. [Full Text]

The Western Sydney Business Chamber welcomed the signing of contracts to build the first stage of the Parramatta Light Rail. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Melinda Pavey released a Maritime Infrastructure Plan for NSW. [Full Text]

Opposition Leader Daley released legal advice concluding that consent for the demolition and rebuild of Allianz Stadium at Moore Park, issued by the NSW Planning Minister on 6 December, is invalid. [Full Text]

Minister Roberts said the legal advice doesn't stand up to scrutiny. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / ENVIRONMENT / REGULATION

The NSW EPA released a tally of regulatory actions taken from 1 January to 30 November. [Full Text]

NEW SOUTH WALES / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Minister Gabrielle Upton released NSW local council complaint data for 2017-18. [Full Text]

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY / PLANNING

Ministers Mick Gentleman and Zed Seselja released the City and Gateway Urban Design Framework for Canberra. [Full Text]

Staff from the University of Canberra said the City is driven by a knowledge economy that is transforming the city centre but is also displacing poorer residents. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / PLANNING / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

Treasurer Tim Pallas announced the approval of the new communities of Sunbury South and Lancefield Road in Melbourne's north-west, to provide 19,0000 new homes. [Full Text]

Minister Richard Wynne announced the approval of the new communities of Minta Farm, Cardinia Creek South and Beveridge Central to provide 16,400 new homes. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / TRANSPORT / INFRASTRUCTURE

Minister Melissa Horne announced the start of construction to prepare for the Melbourne Metro Tunnel. [Full Text]

VICTORIA / LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Victorian Auditor-General issued 'Results of 2017-18 Audits: Local Government'. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / DESIGN

The Queensland Government released the 'QDesign' principles for good urban design. [Full Text]

Queensland Government Architect Malcolm Middleton said QDesign has been endorsed by the Council of Mayors SEQ, the Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute. [Full Text]

QUEENSLAND / PLANNING

The Property Council welcomed the release of the South East Queensland Land Supply and Development Monitoring Report. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / PLANNING / ICT

The SA Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure announced the introduction of a national-first ePlanning platform. [Full Text]

SOUTH AUSTRALIA / TRANSPORT

Minister Stephan Knoll said the SA Government has completed the review of public transport services announced in the State Budget. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / FINANCE

UDIA WA said now is the time to support more first home buyers into property ownership. [Full Text]

WESTERN AUSTRALIA / HOUSING AND PROPERTY

The Real Estate Institute said Perth's median house price has stabilised, holding at $510,000 in December. [Full Text]

TASMANIA / GENERAL

Premier Will Hodgman released the Quarter Three update on the Tasmanian Government's 'Building Your Future - First Year Agenda'. [Full Text]